EECA and Standards New Zealand are supporting the shift away from fossil fuels by developing a best practice guidance document on high-temperature heat pumps.

This guidance is now open for consultation and will be relevant for large industrial users, as well as smaller commercial settings, such as schools.

EECA has commissioned Standards New Zealand to develop the voluntary guideline (Publicly Available Specification) for high temperature heat pumps. Regulators globally are struggling to keep pace with the speed of development in a range of technologies and voluntary guidelines are acknowledged as a technically robust way to reflect best practice in rapidly evolving technologies.

Strategy GM Dr Marcos Pelenur says the Specification is an effective way to provide best practice guidance to industry and consumers.

‘There’s a real drive through the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace coal boilers and this Specification will give information about an efficient, low-emissions alternative.”

Dr Pelenur says the Specification encourages connectivity and smart features for future demand- flexibility to support the availability of energy in New Zealand.

Standards New Zealand National Manager, Carmen Mak, says they are pleased to be supporting EECA in their drive towards emerging technologies.

‘The process we use to develop Publicly Available Specifications incorporates the right technical expertise and ensures buy-in from key stakeholders.’

Other specifications under development include biomass boilers and EV charging in commercial and residential settings. The Specification for biomass boilers will be open for public comment in early December.

Read the Specification on high temperature heat pumps(external link)